Confederation College

Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology | Thunder Bay, Ont. | Founded 1967

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Confederation College. (Confederation College)

The main campus of Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology in Thunder Bay is situated on Lake Superior. Averaging 2,121 hours of sunshine per year, the area offers urban and active lifestyles—students enjoy the convenience of city living with easy access to epic natural surroundings. Serving a catchment area of 550,000 sq. km—about the size of France—the college also has eight regional learning sites throughout northwestern Ontario. A leader in Indigenous learning, Confederation has a large Indigenous student population and focused support services and programs.

The college offers more than 60 diploma, certificate, apprenticeship and educational upgrading programs, with programs and research projects geared toward serving the workforce needs of northwestern Ontario. Confederation has three residences, with dorms and apartment-style options. In 2018, the college completed construction on its state-of-the-art Technology, Education and Collaboration Hub. The 45,000-sq.-foot facility will contribute to the development of a skilled technology and trades workforce for northwestern Ontario. It also hosts research, incubation and technology transfer services to support the region’s advanced manufacturing, technology and resource sectors. Confederation’s strategic plan emphasizes applied research in natural resources, green energy, wellness and Indigenous learning.


Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $3,811-$6,031 $3,811-$12,971 $3,811 Yes

Cool Options

  • Aboriginal Community Advocacy: This program prepares leaders for roles ranging from service to advocacy. Students analyze inequalities and demonstrate creativity within organizations to champion services to meet the needs of Indigenous communities.
  • Community Integration Through Co-operative Education: This program helps students with intellectual disabilities and other learning challenges develop vocational abilities and supports them in supervised field placements.
  • Environmental Technician: Students learn to manage natural and manufactured environments, assessing and restoring ecosystems.

Popular Programs

  • Welding
  • Practical Nursing
  • Social Service Worker
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Aviation—Flight Management

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